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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
5.0 based on 519 reviews
“Beautiful town with lots to do”
Beautiful town with lots to do
September 03, 2020, by jeannies378
It’s been many years since we visited Banff and I wasn’t disappointed. Such a beautiful place! Plus, it only cost us $16.80 to get into the park (senior rate), which was good for 24 hours so we were...
“Just the best”
Just the best
July 19, 2020, by Travelnut1234_9
Went with my parents when I was 10 years old and 13.. It still is a real nice place who wants to go to Europe when this is much closer and just as nice..
“Overrun on weekends, start your explorations early to get the most of your visit”
Overrun on weekends, start your explorations early to get the most of your visit
June 21, 2020, by BenLar137
The weather looked good on a Saturday, so we ventured to Banff for a hike. We started our hike before 9 a.m. and there were just a few cars there. But when we finished, the lot was nearly full and...